Rep. Adam Schiff: Obama should have done more on Russia


Rep. Adam Schiff and President Donald Trump don't agree on much about Russia's meddling in the 2016 US elections, but they agree on this: former President Barack Obama should have done more to stop Moscow from intervening.

"We need to keep a close eye on this administration, and since we can not trust that they will not lift Russian sanctions or weaken other punishments, there is a need for strong legislative action", Water's statement said, published on her official website.

"I think the Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russian Federation intervening, but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin", Schiff said.

Despite his blasting of Obama, Trump has made a mystery of whether he even believes in the Russian meddling - and whether he plans to do anything about it.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump said Obama didn't address the matter even though he had received information from the Central Intelligence Agency about Russian interference long before the election.

"But nobody wants to talk about that", he added.

The U.S. intelligence community on October 7 publicly blamed Russian Federation for the hacks and email leaks during the campaign.

The Washington Post article says Mr Obama was told early August a year ago by sources deep within the Russian government that Mr Putin was directly involved in a cyber campaign to disrupt the election, injure Hillary Clinton and aid a Trump victory.

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One of the candidates, Johnson said, not naming but clearly referring to Donald Trump, "was predicting that the election was going to be rigged", Johnson testified before the House Intelligence Committee, "and so we were concerned that by making the statement, we might in and of itself be challenging the integrity of the election process".

Other Democrats criticized the Obama administration for failure to sanction Russian Federation as soon as the election was over and the Trump administration was warming up to take over the rein of power.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., agreed in an appearance Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation".

"But both of those factors did not outweigh, in my view ― and I argued this at the time ― did not outweigh the public's need to know. I do, and I have found it to be extremely beneficial to me to make decisions with", Manchin said. We knew there was a serious problem. I don't know why we don't go forward and impose more sanctions. "That wasn't done", Manchin said. I don't look at him as a friend. By admitting that the Russians did in fact hack our democracy, he in essence is admitting to aiding and abetting them.

"[Artists] may act on behalf of their country, they wake up in good mood and paint things".

"When they come and tell me something, whether it's the CIA., FBI., NSA., I take it as gospel truth because they're doing their job".

In March, Putin flatly denied involvement, saying, "Read my lips: No". He feels it could have been better if Americans were informed about the extent of the Russian intrusion.